FORMER SOLOMONS OFFICIAL BUYS TIME IN BRISBANE COURT

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Julian Moti faces 7 counts of child sexual abuse

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, August 17, 2009) - The former Solomon Islands attorney-general, Julian Moti, has been given until Wednesday to file details of his application to have child sex charges against him dismissed.

During a review of the matter in the Supreme Court in Brisbane today, Mr. Moti’s barrister Jim Kennan says he needed a time extension because he had only recently taken over the case.

Moti is fighting to have seven counts of engaging in sexual intercourse with a person under 16 dropped.

His stay application hit a snag in June when Justice Martin Daubney struck out his subpoenas for the release of documents from eight Australian government departments.

The court was told Moti claimed the departments conspired to prosecute him because he was an impediment to their political interests in Solomon Islands.

The departments, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and AusAID, fought the subpoenas on the basis that Moti had not identified any legitimate purposes for the disclosure of the documents.

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